The fact of these mice (or rats) not being mentioned earlier is due solely to the abbreviated nature of the narrative. As Willis noted, "There was a prominent priestly house at Kiriath-jearim, including Abinadab and his son Eleazar."[28]. After he had made sport of them, did not they let the people go, and they departed? Watch our overview video on the book of 1 Samuel, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. 1 Samuel 6 (in 140 characters or less) The Philistines sent the ark away with guilt offerings. 7:1 here, because most scholars treat it as the conclusion of 1 Sam. God raises up Samuel as prophet and judge (1 Sa 1–7). The diviners clearly recommended sending the ark back after the first plague instead of waiting for ten plagues. Now Samuel said to all Israel: “Indeed I have heeded your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you. Israel demands a king: Saul (1 Sa 8–15). "[16] (2) "The second half of the verse merely repeats the sacrifice which had already been offered. "Beth-shemesh" (1 Samuel 6:9). Tell us with what we shall send it to its place." Sinners lengthen out their own miseries by refusing to part with their sins. EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY 1 Samuel W G Blaikie. "The mention of Levites here poses a problem. Then you will be healed (1 Samuel 6:3). Cyril J. Barber - One of the finest devotional commentaries ever produced. "F14 The Lord's instructions for moving the ark were specific; "It was to be carried on poles resting upon the shoulders of priests (Deuteronomy 31:9). The mention of these does not indicate that each village sent a golden mouse, because. Deadly plague had fallen upon them everywhere the ark was placed; and, in desperation, the five lords of the Philistines decided to return it to Israel. Give Us a King! Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. ), And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord, and brought it to the house of Abinidab on the hill; and they consecrated his son Eleazar, to have charge of the ark of the Lord. Commentary for 1 Samuel 6 . 2 Samuel … The ark of the covenant was the throne of the gracious presence of God, before whom the sacrifices were offered, even when offered in the tabernacle.F12 Also, another consideration in this connection is that, "As there was no central sanctuary, the law of Deut. In ancient times, such deceivers were widely trusted; and even today one cannot fail to be aware that palm readers, phrenologists, fortune-tellers, etc. 1. [12] Also, another consideration in this connection is that, "As there was no central sanctuary, the law of Deuteronomy 12:10ff was temporarily suspended, as various Jewish commentators have stated."[13]. Egypt was the most powerful nation on earth at that time. Many of the Psalms are explained with commendable learning, but the spiritual element is … According to the number of the lords of the Philistines (1 Samuel 6:4). B. G. Caird criticized the rendition here, writing that, "`They looked into the ark' is not a possible translation. In this instance of the men of Beth-shemesh suffering death for a violation of God's instructions regarding the ark (and other holy things), there were undoubtedly aggravating circumstances in what they actually did. Normally, cows would not have left their calves. Willis tells us that other methods included watching the movement of clouds, the flight of birds and the disposition of the stars.F1 There was also, evidently, some ancient version of the modern superstition of being able to read the future by the disposition of the tea leaves in a cup of tea. "Because they looked into the ark ... he (God) slew seventy of them" (1 Samuel 6:19). In this chapter we have the return of the ark to the land of Israel, whither we are now gladly to attend it, and observe, I. God raises up Samuel as prophet and judge (1 Sa 1–7). ", "And watch ... if it goes up ... but if not", "And the Levites took down the ark of the Lord", "Both fortified cities and unwalled villages", "Because they looked into the ark ... he (God) slew seventy of them", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible. They split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord (1 Samuel 6:14). L.M. A man of God and an honourable man — One of great reputation for his skill and faithfulness. 1. Read Deuteronomy 18:9-14. George DeHoff has a remarkably excellent comment on this: "Everything connected with the false method of transporting the ark of the covenant was destroyed. (19-21)1-9 Seven months the Philistines were punished with the presence of the ark; so long it was a plague to them, because they would not send it home sooner. The meaning of this verse is that, "The hand of God would be heavy upon them so long as they refused the acknowledgement"F2 inherent in the proposed guilt offering. "[27], The men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord (1 Samuel 7:1). Scholars who are hunting problems and difficulties will have to find something more difficult than this! "This indicates that they were still uncertain as to whether or not God was responsible for their plagues. In those days, … "The Israelites, no less than the Philistines, must reverence the presence of Jehovah their God. The mention of these does not indicate that each village sent a golden mouse, because. if it goes up ... but if not (1 Samuel 6:9). (1 Samuel 6:6). R. Payne Smith wrote that, "As the ancients used the name of animals in a very general way, any rodent may be meant,"[6] by the word rendered `mice' here. 1 Samuel 6. For further comment on `shaking the arrows,' see our commentary on Ezekiel, pp. 6:3 that they. "[17] The first of these alleged reasons is invalid because the Levites were very much a part of Beth-shemesh. He can show us our way — The course we should take to find the asses. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, "Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh? are still operating in every great city on earth. This was an ancient Canaanite city; the name means house of the sun (god) and reflects the fact that the pre-Israelite Canaanites had erected shrines to many deities in the land of Canaan. How the Philistines dismissed it, by the advice of their priests ( v. 1-11 ), with rich presents to the God of Israel, to make an atonement for their sin ( v. 3-5 ), and yet with a project to bring it back, unless Providence directed the kine, contrary to their inclination, to go to the … 1 Samuel 6 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. And watch; if it goes up on the way to its own land, to Beth-shemesh, then it is he who has done all this great harm; but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us; it happened to us by chance.". I have dedicated him as a Nazirite—all the days of his life.” 1 Samuel 1:23 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac your (1) "This verse is obviously an interpolation; the introduction of Levites is at variance with the text. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". It is unlikely that Samuel wrote both books.5 One conservative estimate of the final date of composition is about 960 B.C.6 Another guess is near 920 or 900 B.C.7 SCOPE This indicates that the knowledge of God's deliverance of Israel from bondage in Egypt was well known all over the world. We have added 1 Sam. "And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in … 1 Samuel 6 Het eerste boek Samuel. Posted on 6 Apr 2011 to 18,489 followers, with 8 retweets. This gives a broad outline of what needed to be done, namely, that the ark should not be sent back without a guilt offering and also a promise (later explained as a `perhaps') that they would know if God had afflicted them, or if it was `by chance.'. This is done so on two pretext's. "F17 The first of these alleged reasons is invalid because the Levites were very much a part of Beth-shemesh. (1 Samuel 6:19, KJV) Critics say the small town of Bethshemesh would not have had 50,070 inhabitants, so they side with the reading of "70" as found in a few Hebrew manuscripts and the LXX. ADVISERS GIVE DETAILS ON THE RETURN OF THE ARK. Whether or not the Philistines associated the rats with the tumors or not, the rats (mice) were a devastating plague in themselves, as indicated by the remark of the priests and diviners (1 Samuel 6:5) that they "ravage the land." Samuel and the Sons of Belial (1 Samuel 2:11-36) 4. After being raised by the priest Eli in temple, Samuel becomes God's number one prophet. He had thoroughly studied it, sat in it, possibly even have driven it; and of course, he had carefully looked inside of it also! As Smith stated it, "The question for the Philistines was simply this: would they restore the ark on the warning of one plague or would they hold out for ten plagues,"[7] and then send it back! The fact of these mice (or rats) not being mentioned earlier is due solely to the abbreviated nature of the narrative. Make a new cart, &c. — It was in honour of the ark that they employed nothing about it that had ever served for any other use. he (God) slew seventy of them (1 Samuel 6:19). After losing to the Philistines, the Israelites bring the ark with them into battle. The Ark Returned to Israel. There are some impressions in this chapter of what is universally held to be pleasing to God, both by pagan and by true worshippers: (1) that true religious devotion requires the giving of gifts. Recorded at the Bible Lessons International studio. It is unlikely that Samuel wrote both books.5 One conservative estimate of the final date of composition is about 960 B.C.6 Another guess is near 920 or 900 B.C.7 SCOPE "A city with its unwalled villages and adjacent territory was commonly regarded as a unit. God raises up David to be king of Israel (1 Sa 16–20). Many of these names, like this one, continued into Israelite times. And the Levites took down the ark of the Lord (1 Samuel 6:15). Invite a student who does not know how to tie a necktie to attempt to tie one correctly. Yet they would not renounce Dagon; and instead of seeking God's mercy, they desired to get clear of his ark. Up until this point in biblical history, the Israelites have not had a king. 1983-1999. Saul hunts David out of jealousy (1 Sa 21–31). The diviners clearly recommended sending the ark back after the first plague instead of waiting for ten plagues. Allegations that there must have been two plagues, one of the tumors, and the other of the mice (or rats) that have been confused and mixed up by some editor or redactor are in fact ridiculous. The Philistines had more than enough of their trophy, the captured ark of the God of Israel. This indicates that they were still uncertain as to whether or not God was responsible for their plagues.F9 The test proposed here was genuine. Samuel, Saul and David. Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley; and when they lifted up their eyes and saw the ark, they rejoiced to see it. Deadly plague had fallen upon them everywhere the ark was placed; and, in desperation, the five lords of the Philistines decided to return it to Israel. Second, 1 Samuel 6:19 does not say 50,070 of the people of Bethshemesh died. "[20] Willis also agreed that, "The fortified cities and the unwalled villages' are the subordinate regions belonging to each of these city-states. Before leaving this episode, the miraculous nature of what is revealed here should be stressed. The priests and the diviners. ", "Both fortified cities and unwalled villages" (1 Samuel 6:18). And the Spirit of the LORD will come on you, and you shall prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man. Only the direct intervention of God could possibly account for the behavior of those cows leaving their calves behind and taking that cart directly to Israel. 1 Samuel Summary One King to Rule them All? Their reasoning was basically the same as that of the Philistines.F26 As Young stated it, Their action illustrates man's desire to free himself from the presence of God instead of seeking to make himself fit for it.F27, The men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord (1 Samuel 7:1). there. 1 Samuel 9:6. 6:26-27,33-35; or from Ramathaim Zuphim. After being raised by the priest Eli in temple, Samuel becomes God's number one prophet. There was even a third sacrifice, when all the citizens of Beth-shemesh gathered together and made burnt offerings and sacrifices, resulting in what might be called a feast to celebrate the happy occasion. They split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord (1 Samuel 6:14). "This was an ancient Canaanite city; the name means house of the sun (god) and reflects the fact that the pre-Israelite Canaanites had erected shrines to many deities in the land of Canaan. 29:29). Israel demands a king: Saul (1 Sa 8–15). 1 Samuel chapter 7 summary. EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). "And the Levites took down the ark of the Lord" (1 Samuel 6:15). Normally, cows would not have left their calves. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. What had he done? This gives a broad outline of what needed to be done, namely, that the ark should not be sent back without a guilt offering and also a promise (later explained as a `perhaps') that they would know if God had afflicted them, or if it was `by chance.'. B. G. Caird also complained that, "There is nowhere else any indication that this (looking into the ark) was regarded as an offense. God raises up David to be king of Israel (1 Sa 16–20). The glory may have left Israel a few chapters prior, but things will begin to look better, thanks to some turns in events presented in this chapter (including a new leader). Scholars who are hunting problems and difficulties will have to find something more difficult than this! And when the five lords of the Philistines saw it, they returned that day to Ekron.". Jongejan: Genesis 15:1 : 08-08-2008: Ds. 3. Without any good reason whatever, most liberal scholars brand 1 Samuel 6:15 as "an interpolation," or as a "later insertion." would be healed as a conditional, promise. B. G. Caird also complained that, "There is nowhere else any indication that this (looking into the ark) was regarded as an offense. "[11] This is no problem at all. Without any good reason whatever, most liberal scholars brand 1 Sam. Therefore, we should understand the statement in 1 Sam. Before leaving this episode, the miraculous nature of what is revealed here should be stressed. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 6". 2 Samuel … 'F22 In this criticism, the writer overlooked the idiomatic use of language. There was one plague only, the bubonic disaster spread among the Philistines by the rats and the Cheops flea. 1 Samuel A2 Classic Bible Study Guide 3 1 Samuel 1:1-3:21 The life of Samuel marks a transition period in the history of Israel from the time of the judges to the kingdom of Saul and David. The Hebrew can mean only that, `they looked at the ark. "F25, Come down and take it up to you (1 Samuel 6:21). The priests and the diviners. 1 Samuel 6. 6:3 that they. It will be noted that we have considered the mice mentioned in this chapter as being, in all probability, rats. "The Israelites, no less than the Philistines, must reverence the presence of Jehovah their God. Jerusalem source: a fairly brief source discussing David … We have added 1 Samuel 7:1 here, because most scholars treat it as the conclusion of 1 Samuel 6. What we have here is a very brief summary only. "Prepare a new cart" (1 Samuel 6:7). A poem near the start of the book reveals the book's key themes: God’s opposition to the proud, exultation of the humble, faithfulness in spite of evil, and the promise of a messianic king. "From the evidence of archaeology, this was undoubtedly a two-wheeled cart similar to those seen in Europe today."[8]. The ark of the covenant was the throne of the gracious presence of God, before whom the sacrifices were offered, even when offered in the tabernacle. Tell us how we should send it back to its place. 1 Samuel 6 Learn that dealing with God on your terms is only good for moving further away from God (1-9) The Philistine’s had seven months with the ark of God in their land. They had seven months to respond to Then the men of Beth-shemesh said, "Who is able to stand before the Lord, this holy God? Continuing our chapter summaries, Chapter 6 of first Samuel begins with the Philistines calling in their diviners and priests to counsel on what they should do with the ark of God. A Bible Study in EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of 1 Samuel. What is most interesting is the method they chose to transport the ark back to Israelite territory. De samensteller was waarschijnlijk dezelfde die de boeken Deuteronomium, Jozua, Richteren en 1 en 2 Koningen redigeerde. Saul's appointment. Quick outline of 1 Samuel. However, a careful study of the context and the passage demonstrates that the Masoretic reading of … would be healed as a conditional, promise. "Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh?" As frequently occurs in Biblical narratives, we have here a summary paragraph, followed by the elaboration of the details. Complete Concise In this chapter we have, I. Hannah's song of thanksgiving to God for his favour to her in giving her Samuel (v. 1-10). The ark of the covenant stayed in the country of Philistine for … Watch our overview video on the book of 1 Samuel, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. The mention of Levites here poses a problem. After this attempt, ask the student what he or she could do to successfully tie the tie. There were four places which carried this name; but the one here was located on the north border of Judah, near the Philistines, and was the closest town in Israel to which the Philistines returned the ark of the God of Israel.F10. 6. So you must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps he will lighten his hand from off you and your gods and your land. 12:10ff was temporarily suspended, as various Jewish commentators have stated."F13. THE PHILISTINES COUNSEL HOW TO SEND BACK THE ARK. . "[15] Later on in Jewish history, David himself tried to move the ark of the covenant on a new cart; but that also ended in a disaster. "This was an ancient Canaanite city; the name means house of the sun (god) and reflects the fact that the pre-Israelite Canaanites had erected shrines to many deities in the land of Canaan. He saith peradventure, because he doubted whether so great a prophet would seek, or God would grant him, a … The device of the Philistines in sending back the ark was clearly experimental; and they had no certain knowledge as to the way it would turn out. More books related to 1 Samuel. ", (For a definitive comment on 1 Samuel 6:19-21, see the note under 1 Samuel 7:1. So they split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD. 1 When the ark of the Lord had been in Philistine territory seven months, 2 the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? [1] And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. 1 Samuel: Bible Study and Commentary. Samuel, the baby born to Hannah, will become a kingmaker—the one who will anoint Saul (9:16; 10:1) and David (16:12-13). Our thought that the animal was really the rat is derived from that creature's known association with the bubonic plague, which, according to all the evidence, was the particular plague that struck Philistia. 1 Samuel 6. 1 Chron. According to the number of the lords of the Philistines (1 Samuel 6:4). And the cows went straight in the direction of Beth-shemesh along one highway, lowing as they went; they turned neither to the right nor to the left, and the lords of the Philistines went after them as far as the border of Beth-shemesh. was in the country of the Philistines seven months --Notwithstanding the calamities which its presence had brought on the country and the people, the Philistine lords were unwilling to relinquish such a prize, and tried every means to retain it with peace and safety, but in vain. Read chapter 6, then discuss these questions: (1) Read 1 Samuel 5:1-5 and 1 Samuel 31:10. 1 Samuel: Bible Study and Commentary. 2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? If a man comes into his home and tells his wife that he has just `looked at' a new automobile, neither she nor anyone else who heard it would think for a moment that he had merely glanced at it. The second so-called reason confuses the sacrifice of the cows, which was not provided by God's people at all, but by the Philistines, with the second sacrifice which was provided and offered by the Levites. Ze vroegen hun: "Hoe moeten we de kist van de Heer naar zijn eigen plaats terugsturen?" Modern man has grossly underestimated the intelligence of ancient peoples. "Aristotle relates that in harvest entire crops were sometimes destroyed by the ravages of field-mice in a single night."F4. All of this is included in the idiomatic use of looked at. The story of the Ark of the Covenant that follows tells of Israel's oppression by the Philistines, which brought about Samuel's anointing of Saul as Israel's first king. Read 1 Samuel 6 in full. The Philistines had the Ark for 7 months. 1 Chron. 2nd Samuel Chapter 6 Summary. Prepare a new cart (1 Samuel 6:7). Even from the N.T., it will be remembered that Jesus rode upon an ass whereupon no man had ever sat, and he was buried in the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. If there were Levites in Beth-shemesh, it is difficult to see why the men of Beth-shemesh offered sacrifices that day. "[10], "The men did so, and took two milch cows and yoked them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home. There was one plague only, the bubonic disaster spread among the Philistines by the rats and the Cheops flea. A city with its unwalled villages and adjacent territory was commonly regarded as a unit.F20 Willis also agreed that, The fortified cities and the unwalled villages' are the subordinate regions belonging to each of these city-states.F21, THE DEATH OF THE SEVENTY MEN OF BETH-SHEMESH, (For a definitive comment on 1 Sam. More books related to 1 Samuel. Whether or not the Philistines associated the rats with the tumors or not, the rats (mice) were a devastating plague in themselves, as indicated by the remark of the priests and diviners (1 Samuel 6:5) that they "ravage the land." De kist van God wordt teruggestuurd naar Israël 1 Toen de kist van de Heer zeven maanden in het gebied van de Filistijnen was, 2 lieten de Filistijnen de priesters en de waarzeggers komen. In the Bible, the Philistines are the enemies of the Israelites. Like many other figures in the Bible, this is an anthropomorphism, portraying God as a strong man laughing and making fun of some weak and bungling enemy. There were four places which carried this name; but the one here was located on the north border of Judah, near the Philistines, and was the closest town in Israel to which the Philistines returned the ark of the God of Israel. All of this is included in the idiomatic use of "looked at.". "[19], THE FIVE CITIES OF THE PHILISTINES AND THE GUILT OFFERING, "These are the golden tumors which the Philistines returned as a guilt offering to the Lord: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one for Ekron; also the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities belonging to the five lords, both fortified cities and unwalled villages. The next two chapters (5-6) of 1 Samuel are the account of how God plagued the Philistines, so that they finally decided they did not want the ark among them. The priests counseled the people not to harden their hearts as Pharaoh had done. "F16 (2) "The second half of the verse merely repeats the sacrifice which had already been offered. Then you will be healed (1 Samuel 6:3). "[25], "Come down and take it up to you" (1 Samuel 6:21). 1 Samuel 30:6. Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! 1 Samuel 6. 2 Samuel Chapter 6 summary begins with David and certain chosen men of Israel making the trip to retrieve the ark of God back to Israel.. Renewing the Kingdom (1 Samuel 11:14-12:25) 9. Acquaintance with God and serviceableness to the kingdom of God make men truly honourable. The foolish notion that the ancients probably did not associate the rats with the plague should be rejected. 1-samuel 6:2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? 1 Samuel 6:7. It would have been strange indeed if they had not appeared in this narrative. Bring two neckties to class. What is most interesting is the method they chose to transport the ark back to Israelite territory. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/1-samuel-6.html. (2) that things new and previously unused are more properly used for sacred purposes than old or damaged things. Spurgeon on Blaikie's related life of David: "Dr. Blaikie is a good writer. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. The Israelites made no effort to recover the ark. 6:19-21, see the note under 1 Sam. Like many other figures in the Bible, this is an anthropomorphism, portraying God as a strong man laughing and making fun of some weak and bungling enemy. Summary 1 Samuel 6: The Philistines return the ark to the people of Beth Shemesh. 6. Come down and take it up to you. These all from natural side. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 1 Samuel 10:6-7 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE" Intro: Israel's clamor for a king. Welcome to BibleStudyMinistry.com’s chapter summary series, do you need a quick summary of a chapter in the Bible, join us for the journey and learn a lot in our chapter summary series. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 6:4". They had seven months of dealing with the tumors and the deaths in their cities and surrounding areas. (1-3) Samuel talks about his leadership over Israel. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, "What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? 1 Samuel 1:22 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls always. All other rights reserved. And, if the passage means that citizens of Beth-shemesh, other than Levites, offered burnt offerings and sacrifices, then their doing so consisted merely in their bringing the animals and other offerings and delivering them to the Levites who actually performed the sacrificial ceremonies. There are some impressions in this chapter of what is universally held to be pleasing to God, both by pagan and by true worshippers: (1) that true religious devotion requires the giving of gifts. 4: Commenting and Commentaries) The subject of this clause is God, the meaning being that God, in truth, had made sport (or mockery) of the Egyptians throughout ten plagues; and, of course, the Egyptians finally let the people go. Tell us how we should send it to its place.” The Ark Returned to Israel. Their return to their family, with Eli's blessing (v. 11, 20). The men of Beth-shemesh were Levites, that city having been designated as a city of the Levites ever since the days of Joshua (Joshua 21:16). This indicates that the knowledge of God's deliverance of Israel from bondage in Egypt was well known all over the world. In this instance of the men of Beth-shemesh suffering death for a violation of God's instructions regarding the ark (and other holy things), there were undoubtedly aggravating circumstances in what they actually did. The Hands of Dagon and the Hand of God (1 Samuel 5:1-7:17) 6. Commentary on 1 Samuel 6:1-9. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "Beth-shemesh" (1 Samuel 6:9). v1 The boy Samuel served the *Lord. And there was another reason for choosing such kine as are here mentioned; that it might be more manifest that they were led by the God of Israel… The men of Kiriath-jearim willingly complied with the request from Beth-shemesh; and the ark remained with them for twenty years. What was their opinion about Israel’s God? If a man comes into his home and tells his wife that he has just `looked at' a new automobile, neither she nor anyone else who heard it would think for a moment that he had merely glanced at it. But David found strength in the Lord his God. Who could have missed it? The people of Beth Shemesh found it and rejoiced but some were struck down. Seven months the Philistines were punished with the presence of the ark; so long it was a plague to them, because they would not send it home sooner. 1-samuel 6:1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. 1 Samuel 10:6 Commentaries: "Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man. It was a Levite city (Joshua 21:16). Only the direct intervention of God could possibly account for the behavior of those cows leaving their calves behind and taking that cart directly to Israel. "[9] The test proposed here was genuine. Prev | 1 Samuel | Next 1 Samuel 1:1 See Septuagint and 1 Chron. 2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? The foolish notion that the ancients "probably did not associate the rats with the plague" should be rejected. A study of the book of 1 Samuel 6: 1 – 21 1 Samuel 6: 1 – 21 You Dirty Rats 1 Now the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months.
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